AWS ANS-C01 – The NEW AWS Certified Advanced Networking Specialty Exam

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New AWS ANS-C01 Exam

The new AWS ANS-C01 exam for the AWS Certified Advanced Networking Specialty certification was released (in beta) in January 2022. The expected release date for the final exam is July 2022.

So how does the AWS ANS-C01 compare to the current ANS-C00 exam? I recently took the beta exam for the AWS ANS-C01 and in this article, I’ll share my feedback on this experience.

Now you may be wondering why AWS change their exam codes. Periodically, AWS performs an update to the exam to cover the latest services and features. They also revise the exam when the outline of the exam changes to optimize the content based on feedback and improvements.

You can access the new exam guide for the AWS ANS-C01 Advanced Networking Specialty exam to view the new exam outline, domains, and topics. So what’s the same, and what’s different?

What is the AWS Certified Advanced Networking Specialty?

The AWS Certified Advanced Networking Specialty certification is a highly sought-after certification that demonstrates that you have deep expertise in networking in the AWS Cloud and between on-premises data centers and the cloud.

You will need skills in advanced networking architectures, as well as IP VPN, MPLS, VPLS, SD-WAN, CIDR and sub-netting with IPv4 and IPv6, and how to design and troubleshoot complex routing architectures using static and dynamic (BGP) networking protocols.

What’s the same?

The beta exam had more questions and a longer length than the ANS-C00 but this is normal for beta exams as AWS are gathering data to help improve the final exam.

However, in the exam guide for the ANS-C01 the number of questions (65) and passing score (75%) are the same. The time allocation is expected to be the same as well (170 minutes). The price of the exam is also likely to stay the same at $300 USD.

The exam can be taken from a testing center or online and there are no exam labs or hands-on exercises to complete. The exam is purely multiple choice and multiple response questions.

What’s different?

The ANS-C01 exam guide has 4 domains of knowledge compared to 6 domains for the ANS-C00.

In the following table I have mapped the domains of the ANS-C00 to the ANS-C01 (as best I can):

ANS-C00 DomainsANS-C01 Domains
Domain 1: Design and implement hybrid IT network architectures at scaleDomain 1: Network Design
Domain 2: Design and implement AWS networksDomain 1: Network Design
Domain 3: Automate AWS tasksDomain 2: Network Implementation
Domain 4: Configure network integration with application servicesDomain 2: Network Implementation
Domain 5: Design and implement for security and complianceDomain 4:  Network Security, Compliance, and Governance
Domain 6: Manage, optimize, and troubleshoot the networkDomain 3: Network Management and Operation

What do I need to learn?

The following list outlines some of the knowledge areas you’ll need to know in more detail for the new AWS Certified Advanced Networking Specialty exam (compared to the current exam):

•AWS Outposts

•Local Zones

•Accelerated S2S VPN

•Provider Independent IPs (PI) / BYOIP

•Route 53 Resolver  – more coverage and DNSSEC

•AWS Network Firewall and DNS Firewall

•Centralized / shared services VPCs – lots more scenarios

•IGMP multicast domains

•Traffic mirroring

•IPv6 – more coverage

•Gateway Load Balancer

•SD-WAN scenarios with transit gateway, VXLAN, GRE with BGP, VRF, ECMP

•Amazon EKS + Kubernetes Autoscaler, Horizontal Pod Autoscaler

•Self-signed certificates with ACM

•AWS Organizations

Is the ANS-C01 harder than the ANS-C00?

My experience of the beta for the new exam is that it is significantly more difficult than the ANS-C00. The new ANS-C01 exam covers a broader set of networking technologies and requires strong knowledge of hybrid networking configurations. The questions were also more complex and lengthy.

That being said, it was a beta exam so we won’t really know how it compares in difficulty until the final exam is released in July 2022.

How can I best prepare for the ANS-C01 exam?

Our brand new training courses for the AWS Certified Advanced Networking Specialty certification were created after the release of the exam guide for the ANS-C01. This means we were able to design the courses from scratch to ensure that students for both the ANS-C00 and ANS-C01 have everything they need to pass their exam.

Within the video course we provide guidance on how to best prepare depending on which version of the exam you are planning to take. Our practice test course will also be updated with brand new questions to cover the topic in the ANS-C01 exam guide a few weeks before the release of the new exam.

We also provide a 65 page exam-specific cheat sheet PDF to complement the videos, guided hands-on exercises, and practice questions. With our ultimate exam training bundle, you have everything you need to pass your AWS ANS-C00 and/or ANS-C01 exam!

Click here to check out our popular training bundle.

What should I do if I’m planning to start now?

My advice depends on when you’re reading this article and is based on an estimated four week study period:

  • If starting before mid-May 2022 you should go for the current ANS-C00. Any later and you won’t have much time to retake the test if you fail the first time – which you won’t if you take our course!!
  • If starting after mid-May 2022 you should study for the ANS-C01 and plan to take the new exam when it is released in July 2022.

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